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Best short sports lens?

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Jun 02, 2017 03:17 |  #16

TooManyShots wrote in post #18349984 (external link)
Here is my take. You either go long and longer. Or wide or wider. I personally find the middle range focal length, like 50mm to 100mm on a crop body not "dramatic" enough to create good shots. If the focal length is not long enough, you don't get the necessary background isolation. When you need to show more of the background, the ambient and the crowd, the middle focal length does not have the necessary DOF.

I generally carry my Sigma 17-50 and Nikon AF D 80-200 when I shoot cycling races.

This. I shoot motorsports and my most used combo of lenses on a pair of 7D is 10-22 and 70-200.

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Jun 14, 2017 12:05 |  #17

Patrick_E wrote in post #18342320 (external link)
85, 1.8 - If on FF

85 for net work, and 70-200/2.8 for further reach.

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Jun 18, 2017 04:46 as a reply to  @ post 18342450 |  #18

I agree with the 70-200.

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Jul 09, 2017 18:05 |  #19

JeffreyG wrote in post #18365142 (external link)
On a FF body, a 70-200 will give you the same range that a hypothetical 44-125 zoom would give on your 1.6X body. You can probably see why a FF body and a 70-200 is so popular for sports from that.

Yes. FF and 70-200 f/2.8L IS II. Great for volleyball, basketball, portraits, and lots of other stuff.

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Oct 24, 2017 23:33 |  #20

I've shot a lot of NCAA hoops and some NBA and have never found that I even liked 70mm on the baseline. My go to is always the 70-200 and for a while, a 300 on a second body (all 1.3x). Most of the guys alongside me were doing the same fwiw. I think much depends on your style of shooting to be honest. I am not a wide shooter so my kit made a lot of sense to me. To someone who does well with telling the "big" picture story, wider is the choice. A 16-35 2.8 or fast prime like the 24 1.8 might be worth looking into if that's your style. With house strobes, I actually shot a 17-40 f/4 with good results even though I didn't care for the look when it was all said and done.

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